Friday, January 18, 2008

Richard Knerr

It is 3 am and I am awake, watching the overnight news when I heard the co-creator of Wham-O Toys died from complications of a stroke on Monday. Richard Knerr is credited with bringing such toys as the Hula Hoop, the Superball( 50,000lbs of compressed energy), Silly String, the Slip-N-Slide , the "Pluto Platter" also affectionately known as the Frisbee and my favorite SuperElasticBubblePlastic to the public light. To this day my almost 19 year old son can not pass a vending machine full of "superballs" that he does not plug quarters into it. :) Thanks for the memories Mr. Knerr!

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